Oh, how blessed I am that I am not alone. Rather he is with me. He, who had compassion with the people as they were scattered like sheep without a shepherd. He himself is the good shepherd. He seeks the lost, find them and carries them home on his strong arms and shoulders. Brings them to green pastures and to the peaceful waters by. He does the work. It’s his mission. I am looking on. Calling others to rejoice with me: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he, who comes in the name of the Lord!” That’s the little I do. I’m his mouthpiece. His tool. His however is all the authority in heaven and on earth. He is the one, who is with us all the days of our life until the very end of the ages. His is all the glory. His is all the praise. And yet he still is so gracious that he even gives us the honour and privilege to call us his co-workers, helpers, servants, stewards and even brothers and friends
If we work thus – he in us and we in him – and go about his calling and our mission, one in his spirit, united in striving for his goal strengthened by gospel and grace, then surely spring is not far off from the Church. Just wait and see how those dry trees and plants are going to go green and blossom and bear fruit! Just wait and see how the angels will again rejoice over those many sinners, who repent and come to faith by God’s grace and calling. And Jesus himself will rejoice when he sees all those delightful fruits of his terrible, bloody suffering + And the Church victorious will resonate in harmony with the militant Church here on earth + Oh, how will the celestial halls be filled with festive multitudes of those saved by the precious blood of the lamb! Rejoice in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who reigns victoriously over all.
O Lord as yet your Church here on earth is more like a field of dead skeletons that your prophet saw in days long gone by. Do awaken for yourself many a powerful prophet, who will take your word to the ends of the world so that it will rush forth and become alive amongst those long dead. Come with your might Spirit o Lord + Amen. (W. Löhe)
O you Holy Spirit, who was promised by our greatest King, come to us o blessed comforter and let us take courage again. Grant us the sharp weapons of the early Church to face this slack and faithless age with love and power divine.
O Holy Spirit prepare a Pentecostal feast here and everywhere. Accompany the gospel of Jesus Christ with power from on high. O open the hearts of the world and our mouths, that we will proclaim to all the salvation in Jesus the Lord. (Philipp Spitta, 1801-1859)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Saturday after the 6th Sunday after Easter: Exaudi. It is found on Pg. 207 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.